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European End of Life Scrap Study Published

The International Magnesium Association (IMA) announces the findings of a comprehensive material flow analysis of magnesium (metal) in the EU for the year 2012. The report was prepared during the first half of 2017 by Oakdene Hollins on behalf of the IMA. Valuable inputs were received from both industrial and academic stakeholders as part of the research during the three months of the study.

The main motivation for the commissioning of this study was the recent publication of a material flow analysis for magnesium metal as part of the European Commission’s Material System Analysis (MSA) of Critical Raw Materials which, in the opinion of the IMA, did not correctly interpret the available data on magnesium’s usage and end of life within the European Union.

Following the presentation of the study findings to members at the IMA Conference in Singapore, the full report was presented to a delegation from the European Union DG Grow (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs ), who are responsible for Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, in Brussels on 22nd June 2017 by Christian Payn & Martin Tauber (pictured below) as representatives of the IMA European Committee.

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75th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference

The World’s Leading Magnesium Conference Returns for its 75th Year!

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May 16-18, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

The IMA conference is the premier conference for all magnesium industry leaders, with unparalleled opportunities to connect and network with other IMA members, expand and strengthen skill sets via technical sessions, learn from the best of the best in the industry, and refresh your perspective and reinvigorate your business with new methodologies, tools, and partners.

IMA’s Newest Member runs Magnesium Symposium in the UK

We are pleased to welcome Birmingham City University to membership of the IMA.

In January 2017 Birmingham City University and Meridian UK announced that they had formed a partnership to work together in the education, research and development of magnesium use, which would place fuel efficiency through weight savings and sustainability at its core. As part of the new partnership with Meridian, academics from Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment and personnel from the company are investigating new ways to offer more sustainable goods for low-volume manufacturers, whilst making production financially viable for Meridian and its potential clients. 

This first Symposium chaired by Makhan Singh of BCU was attended by over 70 people on 20th July in Birmingham. The Keynote Session involved contributions from Steve Brown from Meridian UK, Leslie Lee from the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute, Martyn Alderman from the European Committee of the International Magnesium Association and Michaela Rose from Forum for the Future. In addition, three academics from BCU presented an outline of their work to date of SMED (single minute exchange of dies), the Psychology affecting Magnesium Use (as perceived by Engineers), and improvements in material properties from ductility to additive manufacturing by SLM (selective laser melting).

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Q&A session: (Left to Right) Alan Pendry (BCU),  Mikhal Krzyzanowski(BCU) , Steve Brown, Martyn Alderman, Leslie Lee, Panagiotis  Rentzelas(BCU), Michaela Rose.


Members have access to the the recording of the March 2017 webinar, Environmental Benefits of Magnesium in Transportation Applications. Read more»

More webinars are in the planning stages for 2017.

Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (April)

The Japan Magnesium Association-

  1. Tokyo Institute of Technology and Oricon energy - Paper “Smelting Magnesium Metal using a Microwave” published in “Scientific Reports”.
  2. Masanobu co.,LTD - Magnesium alloy conversion coating.
  3. TFO corporation - Forging enabled piercing from “any” direction.
  4. Furukawa battery - “Mgbox series” became conforming on Green purchasing law.

Domestic Magnesium Market - March, 2017
(Source: March issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI – Compiled by The Japan Magnesium Association)

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Japan - Magnesium Newsletter (May)

The Japan Magnesium Association-

  1. MACRW - Simple and ultralight Magnesium alloy Stool.
  2. Yamaha Motor Co. - Appealed proprietary casting technology at Automotive
    engineering exposition.
  3. NIMS - Developed Magnesium alloy performing high impact absorption.
  4. Tokorozawa Alloy Foundry Co., Ltd. - Transmission case for Automobile

Domestic Magnesium Market - April, 2017
(Source: April issue of Import/Export Statistics (customs clearance basis) of METI – Compiled by The Japan Magnesium Association)

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The 6th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials
Detroit Summit on
August 22-24, 2017
is the world's leading automotive lightweight materials conference. Our 6th event returns with more OEM case studies, materials focused presentations, interactive panel discussions and cutting edge manufacturing technologies.

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6th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials
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August 22-24, 2017

75th Annual IMA World Magnesium Conference
May 16-18, 2018

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Todd Olson
Twin City Die
Casting Company

Ken White
Magnesium Elektron

Anthony LoCoco
Chicago White
Metal Casting, Inc.

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Nic Andrews

Cam Tissinton
US Magnesium LLC

Kazumasa Yamazaki
Japan Magnesium Association

Immediate Past President
Jan Guy

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Ralph Gervasi
Executive Vice President
Phone: +1 (847) 447-1702

Christian Payn
European Representative
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84190 Beaumes de Venise
Phone: +33 (0) 679914437

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